“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book– When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library”. -Caroline Bingley, Pride and Prejudice. This is one of my favorite quotes from the book.
Arguably, Jane Austen’s most beloved classic is a timeless romance. It has all the makings of a beautiful love story: a lovely English countryside setting, a headstrong female lead, and a prideful yet generous male hero.
The following is taken from the Goodreads: “‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’ Thus memorably begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice–Austen’s own ‘darling child’–tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.
Humorous and profound, and filled with highly entertaining dialogue, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns through drawing-rooms and plots to reach an immensely satisfying finale. In the words of Eudora Welty, Pride and Prejudice is as ‘irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.'”
The character I admire most is Elizabeth. She’s not afraid to say what she thinks or to stand up to people when she feels they act inappropriately. A lot of women in this time married for social status, security, and wealth. Elizabeth didn’t want to do that; she married for love, not for any superficial reasons.
It took me a long time before I started to like Mr. Darcy. He seems arrogant, aloof, and somewhat of a jerk in the beginning. He thinks he is superior to everyone else because he has a lot of money and a great social status. However, over time, he begins to change. After receiving an assassination of character by Elizabeth, his demeanor completely changes.
I have read other interpretations of Mr. Darcy: he is very shy and misunderstood. To an extent, I can see their point of view. There are times when Mr. Darcy seems to be shy and reserved. Although, I feel that does not excuse his rude behavior towards others.
However, by the end of the story, he is the perfect Prince Charming.
Even though Darcy and Elizabeth do not get along in the beginning, I feel that makes a great premise for a timeless love story. I enjoy seeing the progression of their relationship from enemies to acquaintances to lovers. This is a true classic love story.
If you love a good 18th century novel about a powerful female character, Pride and Prejudice is the book for you.